Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 11, 2019, 12:52 PM GMT By Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana health officials say people who had contact with a bat last week during an Indiana Pacers game have possibly been exposed to rabies. The Indiana State Department of Health says anyone who may have touched the bat with bare skin when it flew around at the Pacers game Thursday in Indianapolis is urged to contact the department or a health care provider about receiving rabies vaccinations. The game was against the Los Angeles Clippers. The department says the rabies status of the bat, which is no longer inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, is unknown. Health officials say a person is considered potentially exposed to rabies only if direct contact occurs between a bat and the person's bare skin. So far there have been no reports of anyone having direct contact with the bat. … [Read more...] about Fans at Pacers game who had contact with bat face rabies exposure
deaths of thousands of blackbirds in Arkansas that have, so far, been attributed to confusion brought on by local fireworks causing the birds to fly into objects. You are probably also aware of the mysterious deaths of more birds in Lousiana just a few days after the Arkansas incident. The underlying cause of these mass deaths is under investigation since tests of the carcasses for potential toxins or diseases are still underway. Equally mysterious are the deaths of numerous fish in Arkansas, Maryland, Brazil, and New Zealand. While the cause of these die-offs are being blamed on everything from polar shifts, government conspiracies, acts of God, pollutants from the oil spill, etc., investigations are still underway to determine whether or not disease or toxins may be to blame. If only real-life were like a CSI episode and we could have an answer in 1 hour to these mysterious deaths. Not receiving nearly the amount of press as the bird and fish die-offs are the more gradual deaths … [Read more...] about Hibernating North American Bats Face Possible Endangerment
CARLSBAD, N.M. — The half a million bats that call Carlsbad Caverns National Park home could face the threat of the deadly white nose syndrome. Federal agencies have mobilized in recent weeks to combat a microscopic organism that could potentially kill off thousands of the Mexican free-tailed bats that make the national park famous, the Carlsbad Current Argus reports . White nose syndrome was found in bat populations in states across the country, with the closest discovery in Oklahoma and Texas. It's named for a white, fuzzy growth that develops on the nose, ears and wings of infected bats. "Obviously, we don't want our bat colony to contract (white nose syndrome)," said Doug Neighbor, superintendent of Carlsbad Caverns National Park. "Most populations out east had substantial die off." The fungal infection grows in the bats' skin tissues, rousing them from hibernation repeatedly, which forces the bats to consume winter fat stores and starve to death before awakening in the … [Read more...] about Carlsbad Caverns’ 500K bats face threat of deadly syndrome
By John Shea Updated 8:23 pm, Thursday, May 3, 2018 SEATTLE - The A’s might be the last big-league team Ichiro Suzuki faces, which is appropriate. Because they were also the first, way back on April 2, 2001. Ichiro became a Mariners special assistant on Thursday -- though he insists he’s not retiring - a day after he walked and scored a run in Seattle’s 3-2 loss to Oakland. The 44-year-old outfielder knew his fate before Wednesday’s game. “If that's his last time on base, I would prefer to not give up a run,” said A’s pitcher Brett Anderson, who issued the third-inning walk, “but it's one of those things where if that's the case, it's kind interesting to have that to end his career.” It’s possible Ichiro could suit up again when the Mariners open the 2019 season against the A’s in Japan, a two-game series in which 28-man rosters are permitted. Ichiro said it’s a goal. If he doesn’t play again, his … [Read more...] about Will A’s face Ichiro Suzuki again in Japan?
ANAHEIM — This week, we finally get to see what we’ve been looking forward to for a while now: Murderers’ Row 2.0 versus the defending champs and their star-studded rotation. The Bronx Bombers scored just a pair of runs in their 2-1 victory over the Angels on Sunday night, but are averaging slightly over six per game so far, and could flirt with reaching 1,000 by season’s end. The additions of dynamic youngsters Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres to the bottom of the lineup have made it complete — an absolute grind for opposing pitchers from No. 1 through No. 9. Aaron Judge hasn’t changed his superstar approach from last season, while April MVP Didi Gregorius has begun exhibiting Judge-like patience at the plate, making him a similarly dangerous force. Heck, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez haven’t even hit their strides, yet the Yankees (18-9) are equipped to handle guys slumping, possessing several hitters with the ability to carry an … [Read more...] about Yankees’ Murderers’ Row 2.0 lineup prepares to face its biggest challenge yet in Astros’ dominant starting rotation